Comhairle na nÓg 31 youth councils across the country
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Comhairle na nÓg Showcase

The Comhairle na nÓg Showcase took place on Thursday November 24th 2016 in Croke Park. The purpose of this event is to present the work and topics each Comhairle has been working on over the past two years or more, and to showcase this work to relevant decision makers. Young people from Comhairle na nÓg are part of the Showcase Steering Committee and are involved in all major decisions about the format and running of every Showcase event. Each Comhairle had their own individual stand with brightly decorated display board – see photos below. The day was broken into four distinct parts: the showcase session in the morning, followed by the opening ceremony, where two young people from Dublin City and Mayo Comhairle na nÓg spoke about the impact of Comhairle, both personally and on their community. After lunch there was a workshop session, followed by a celebratory closing ceremony. The facilitation at workshops was carried out young people: one at each of the 45 workshop tables. You can read a report on the workshop findings here:  Report of the Workshop Discussions at the Comhairle na nOg Showcase 2016

You can download a copy of our Comhairle Guidebook here: comhairle-guidebook-2016   where you can read about the highlights and the great work carried out by each Comhairle over the past two years.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone gave a moving and inspirational address at the opening ceremony and was greeted by a standing ovation. We were delighted to show off to her and all participants our fantastic new video showcasing the work of each Comhairle from all over the country. And here it is:

Throughout 2016 we had two Steering Committee meetings with members of Cork City, Dublin City and Mayo Comhairle na nÓg which really helpful in planning the day, and in making some key decisions about opening and closing ceremonies, workshops, merchandise, MC and most importantly, food!!! This ensured that the event was truly youth-led.

Here are some pics from the day: the rest you can download from our Flickr page